In this geocolor GOES-16 satellite image taken Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, at 22:00 UTC, the eye of Hurricane Irma moves up Florida's west coast. Photo: AP/ NOAA
In this geocolor GOES-16 satellite image taken Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, at 22:00 UTC, the eye of Hurricane Irma moves up Florida's west coast.

September 13, 2017 07:15 AM

The arrival of Hurricane Irma led to evacuations and aid efforts as the fearsome storm continues a rampage through the Caribbean.

Here's what you need to know about the storm:


Track Irma’s path via the interactive radar below:

Hurricane Irma Quick Facts

  • Hurricane Irma was recorded as being a Category 5 hurricane, with winds initially near 185 mph before dropping to roughly 175 mph and then 155 mph.
  • In the Caribbean, at least 24 were people were killed as a result of Irma. There were no immediate reports of deaths in Florida.
  • More than 3.3 million homes and businesses across Florida lost power, and utility officials said it will take weeks to restore electricity to everyone.
  • French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said 100,000 food rations were sent to St. Barts and St. Martin, affected by Hurricane Irma, which is the equivalent of four days of supplies.
  • KSTP Chief Morning Meteorologist Ken Barlow said the eye of the hurricane fluctuates between 30 and 50 miles across. Satellite photos have shown the full storm system stretches 400 miles across.
  • According to KSTP Chief Meteorologist Dave Dahl, Hurricane Allen remains the strongest Atlantic Basin hurricane in recorded history. It was the only Atlantic hurricane to record 190 mph winds and was the first named storm in 1980. It affected the Caribbean, Mexico and Texas.
  • In 1988, Hurricane Gilbert achieved 185 mph winds and in 1935, the Labor Day Hurricane consisted of 185 mph winds as it tore through the Florida Keys, Dahl said.

Meanwhile, KSTP Meteorologist Nicole Mitchell, who is also a major with the Air Force Reserve, flies into hurricanes to collect data to help meteorologists throughout the country. Find her report on Irma here.

Track the storm and its aftermath on 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS and here on

Travel/waiver advisories due to Hurricane Irma for five prominent airlines that fly in and out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

*The airlines are updating this information frequently; contact the airline directly for the most up-to-date information. 

The Associated Press shows the progression of a hurricane from a Category 1 to a Category 4.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Rebecca Omastiak

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